Monthly Archives: July 2010

Stadium trusses three months behind schedule

### ODT Online Sat, 31 Jul 2010
Stadium trusses schedule set back
By Chris Morris
Work to fit giant steel roof trusses to the Forsyth Barr Stadium is months behind schedule, but Carisbrook Stadium Trust (CST) chairman Malcolm Farry insists the setback is not critical. Mr Farry yesterday confirmed the first of five arch trusses – part of the roof steelwork linking the north and south stands – was not expected to be hoisted into position until next week.
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### ODT Online Sat, 31 Jul 2010
Already planning stadium centenary
By Chris Morris
It might still be a year away from completion, but those building the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin are already planning 100 years ahead. Members of the Dunedin Venues Management Ltd board – who together are tasked with overseeing the completed venue’s operations – visited the stadium site yesterday to mark an impending milestone.
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Moving to super-council status would open the books!

### ODT Online Thu, 29 Jul 2010
Super-council idea dismissed
By Chris Morris
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland believes there is still no case for a super council in the South, despite Local Government Minister Rodney Hide unveiling plans by which to consider further council mergers.

“I guess it comes back to what is the problem with the current governance.”
-Jim Harland, Dunedin City Council

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Otago Polytechnic safer to stay home

Institute of Sport and Adventure building accommodation

### ODT Online Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Stadium site too expensive
By Allison Rudd
Otago Polytechnic has decided against moving its Institute of Sport and Adventure to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, saying fit-out and lease costs are higher than it can afford.

The indicative fit-out costs of $800,000 and annual lease costs of at least $75,000 were “higher than we can afford”. The move also posed “too much risk long term due to lack of ownership, the necessary length of occupation to recoup the fit-out costs and some access issues.”
-Otago Polytechnic

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Carisbrook ideas

### ODT Online Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Ideas for ‘Brook’s future vary widely
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin public’s ideas for the future of Carisbrook encompass a wide variety of possibilities for the sports ground and surrounding properties, and consensus on the issue may be hard to pin down. A submission period on the future of the historic ground closed this week.
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Dunedin social housing

Recent discussion of social housing for Dunedin has been taking place on another thread.

What if? has copied and linked the previous conversations to this thread.

2010/07/29 at 9:33 pm
kate said:
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Social Housing Strategy (PDF, 1.6 mb, new window)
The Social Housing Strategy provides a platform for the consideration of social housing issues right across Dunedin. Social housing is defined as the provision of accommodation assistance for individuals and families whose housing needs or circumstances are not adequately provided for by the private sector. The Strategy also directly addresses issues regarding the Dunedin City Council’s own social housing stock.

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Perceived conflicts of interest, what’s new?

### ODT Online Thu, 29 Jul 2010
Plan set out for Sports Academy
By David Loughrey
Final planning for the New Zealand Academy of Sport, South Island, to move to the Forsyth Barr Stadium site in Dunedin could begin within weeks, and building could start soon after next year’s Rugby World Cup. While the proposal was still in a feasibility stage, academy chief executive Kereyn Smith said yesterday the organisation hoped for a two-storey building at the northeast corner of the stadium, either connected or with easy access to the stadium.

The $3.8 million project hinges on a resource consent decision for demolition of three bays of the former art gallery at Logan Park, a decision that could be announced this week.

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Cr Hudson might like to think upon where exactly he stands in relation to the CURRENT Logan Park Art Gallery redevelopment application for resource consent (applicant: Dunedin City Council).

His finding funds towards, ah, let me see, putting another floor on the old Logan Park Art Gallery building (in the interests of whom??) while the Council is openly in another process with parties to conserve and redevelop the building, has been at the height of disingenious. What’s that phrase about Left Field, being completely out of the game park.

Time to leave your elected representative role at Council, Mr Hudson. Yeah, putting that well before I start in on the interests of Ms Smith.

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‘Devious or incompetent’ – hard to tell if the books are closed

NEWSFLASH 31.7.10 – go to comment

### ODT Online Thu, 29 Jul 2010
Opinion: Rates levels alright here, says councillor
By Richard Walls
Does the Dunedin City Council have a recipe for increasing rates and debt, and are its elected officials either devious or incompetent – as some of the council’s critics suggest? Richard Walls answers some specific criticisms.

Mr Oaten departs from the script, however, when he says Dunedin Venues Ltd “is to be part of the DCHL (Dunedin City Holdings Ltd) group”. Indeed, he does so deliberately knowing full well from a direct discussion with Mr Athol Stephens, general manager, finance and corporate, as well as exchanges with me on the What If Stadium website, that DVL, like its sister company DVML (Dunedin Venues Management Ltd), is not part of the DCHL Group.
-Richard Walls

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